The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), a nonprofit organization promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in western Colorado, offers residential and commercial rebates within the Roaring Fork Valley for the installation of photovoltaic, solar hot water, and micro hydro systems. Solar energy systems must be installed or signed off by a COSEIA or NABCEP certified contractor.
Residents of Eagle, Pitkin and Gunnison Counties can participate in the Energy Smart Program. The Energy Smart Program helps residents identify, finance, and complete energy improvements in their homes. Interested homeowners can schedule a reduced cost home energy assessment with a qualified Energy Analyst who will come to the home and perform a comprehensive home safety and energy assessment.
Residents of Eagle, Gunnison or Pitkin Counties may be eligible for financing through the Energy Smart Program. Loans as low as $1,000 with flexible terms are available for small projects, and larger projects may qualify for loans up to $25,000. See web site above for complete details.
The Aspen Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency and green building techniques in western Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley. For customers who install energy efficient appliances, Aspen CORE offers rebates for furnaces, boilers, washing machines, dishwashers, programmable thermostats, refrigerators and "smart strips". These rebates are only available to full-time Roaring Fork Valley residents and businesses. To receive a rebate, complete the rebate application available on the program web site and mail or fax to CORE.
Empire Electric Association provides financial incentives to its residential consumers who upgrade to energy efficient appliances and HVAC equipment. These rebates are offered in conjunction with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, with Empire Electric generally matching the incentive amounts provided by Tri-State for equipment and appliances. In many cases, additional rebates are available for HVAC and water heating equipment that exceeds the minimum efficiency or technology requirements of the program.
'''''Note: The law described on this page was amended by Senate Bill 252 of 2013. Among other changes, the bill doubled the renewable energy requirement for cooperative utilities of a certain size, allowed for additional technologies to qualify, created a distributed generation carve-out for cooperative utilities, and made a new requirement for generation and transmission cooperatives. After signing the legislation, the Governor issued two Executive Orders forming an Advisory Council to study and report on the feasibility concerns of the companies impacted by the legislation.
Poudre Valley REC is providing rebates to their residential customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes. This rebate program was timed to coincide with the Colorado Governor's Energy Office's (GEO) state-wide rebate program, and Poudre Valley REC customers are permitted to receive both rebates. Before receiving a rebate, applicants must have an energy audit of their home that includes a blower door test. The audit must be completed by a RESNET or BPI certified auditor.
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA), a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, offers residential energy efficiency rebate programs for qualified residential water heaters, heat pumps, space heating equipment, refrigerators/freezers, dishwashers, and clothes washers. Incentive amounts vary by the size and efficiency of the system; specific details are listed on the program web site.